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Arya Esfandmaz is a British grappler, founder of the Pure Jiu-Jitsu Academy, and a black belt in both judo and jiu-jitsu, the latter awarded by Lúcio Rodrigues (Lagarto), who also worked extensively with Roger Gracie in London, England. Although Esfandmaz spent extended periods of his career competing in the Asian circuit, he gained his notoriety when competing in Europe by conquering important medals on the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) league, namely in the European Open and British National Championships.

Arya Esfandmaz Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Arya Esfandmaz

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr. > Lúcio Rodrigues > Arya Esfandmaz

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open NoGi (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF British Nationals (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Copenhagen Open (2017)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2018)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, TYO (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Asian Open (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Tokyo Open (2018)

Main Achievements (Brown Belt):

  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, TYO (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF London Fall Open (2015)
  • 1st Place TUFF Invitational Championship (2015)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF World Pro Championship (2015)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF London Winter Open (2015)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2015)

Favorite Position/Technique: Well Rounded

Weight Division: Super-Pesado (100,50 kg / 222.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Pure JJ

Arya Esfandmaz Biography

Arya Esfandmaz was born on May 31, 1989, in London, England, United Kingdom.

Although Arya was born in the UK, his father had been a dedicated Iranian wrestler in his own youth, prior to his move to Europe and believed combat sports helped shape the personalities of his children. Unable to find a good wrestling club in London, Mr. Esfandmaz senior opted to sign his son to judo instead. Arya was 4 years old when he joined one of England’s most prestigious judo clubs, the Budokwai – the oldest Japanese martial arts club in Europe.

Although initiated in martial arts through judo, in London – a sport in which he would earn the rank of black belt at the age of 20 – when Arya Esfandmaz moved to South Korea, he decided to add the local martial art of taekwondo to his sporting activities. It was also while living in the Asian country that the young Englishman first tried mixed martial arts.

While training mixed martial arts in Korea, Arya sparred with a few Japanese grapplers who opened his eyes towards the effectiveness of groundwork in MMA. This experience led him to seek a jiu-jitsu club upon his return to London, first training with Luiz Tosta when he was 18 years old, and shortly after moving to Gracie Barra in London Bridge, where he trained for many years prior to his shift to the team’s Fulham affiliate – under the guidance of Lúcio Rodrigues (Lagarto).

It was Lagarto who promoted the young Londoner to black belt, a rank he earned in late 2015. His relationship with team GB would end in 2017, when Arya decided to make some changes to his training, then moving to Roger Gracie‘s academy.

In 2019, after a few years of coaching for other gyms, Arya Esfandmaz opened his own academy, Pure Jiu-Jitsu, in West London, with the full approval of his instructor, Roger Gracie.

Arya Esfandmaz Grappling Record

25 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    12 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
42
5
#86e620
Triangle
17
2
#5AD3D1
Bow and arrow
8
1
#d1212a
Wristlock
8
1
#fad11b
Armbar
8
1
#f58822
Kneebar
8
1
#224aba
Footlock
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
17 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (76%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
33
1
#86e620
Toe hold
33
1
#5AD3D1
Katagatame
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Arya Esfandmaz Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
8966Alexandro CeconiLArmbarEuropean Open100KG4F2016
9058Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsUK National Pro94KGF2016
9060Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsUK National ProABSF2016
9539R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 16x0World ProABS8F2016
9639Isaac DulLToe holdWorld Pro94KG8F2016
11502Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 11x2European OpenABS8F2017
11620Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 14x4European Open100KG4F2017
12065Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 16x2Grand Slam LDN94KGSF2017
12068Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 23x0Grand Slam LDN94KG3RD2017
14137Maximiliano CamposLPts: 2x0London FOABSSF2017
14947Nelton PontesNelton PontesLPts: 18x0European Open100KGF2018
16567Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 24x2World Champ.94KG8F2018
17013Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 9x0Grand Slam TYO94KGF2018
17928Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPointsLondon FO100KGF2018
18919Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLKatagatameEuropean Open100KGSF2019
22694Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLReferee DecisionPolaris 12104KGSPF2019
24330Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiD---Polaris Squads 2ABSRR2020
24338Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiD---Polaris Squads 2ABSRR2020
31042Yatan BuenoYatan BuenoLPts: 9x0Grand Slam LDN120KGR12022
6686Robson GracieRobson GracieWPointsLondon WO100KGSF2015
6687Chris BoweWPointsLondon WO100KGF2015
9059Thiago BorgesThiago BorgesWChoke from backUK National ProABSSF2016
9131Karim KhalifaWPointsLondon WO100KGSF2016
9413Fabricio CarvalhoWPointsRome Open100KG4F2016
9414Angelo MarinoWPointsRome Open100KGSF2016
9529Antonio JuniorWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22016
9633Karol MigoWPts: 2x0World Pro94KGR12016
9636Antonio JuniorWPointsWorld Pro94KGR12016
10751M. MaciejewskiWChoke from backLondon Pro100KGF2016
12063Alexander BayerWWristlockGrand Slam LDN94KG4F2017
13268Florent MinguetWChoke from backBritish National100KGF2017
13982Raphael SouzaWPointsCopenhagen Open100KGSF2017
13983Thomas johanessenWPointsCopenhagen Open100KGF2017
14132Dean LiebenbergDean LiebenbergWArmbarLondon FO100KGRR2017
14133Dean LiebenbergDean LiebenbergWKneebarLondon FO100KGF2017
14134Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWFootlockLondon FOABS4F2017
14944Marek ZborgWTriangleEuropean Open100KG4F2018
17011Yuji HaraiWTriangleGrand Slam TYO94KGSF2018
18916Ruben FonsecaWPointsEuropean Open100KG4F2019
19519Jamie HughesWBow and arrowPolaris 9100KGSPF2019
20880Alan VitorWChoke from backBritish NationalO100KGF2019
24321Tommi PulkkanenD---Polaris Squads 2ABSRR2020
24342Dinu BucalețD---Polaris Squads 2ABSRR2020
30627Omar FrederickWPts: 3x0BRUM Pro120KGSF2022
30628Wissam SulimanWReferee DecisionBRUM Pro120KGF2022
33155Aled ReesWChoke from backPolaris 20ABSSPF2022
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